My love of birds and animals has been a lifelong passion, and is a fundamental part of my life. My artwork is a form of vibrant coastal expressionism, taking what I see in the plant life and birds of the coastal rainforest areas of eastern Australia, and in my travels in other countries. The birds in my works are both natives and exotics, and my home is always shared with one of these inspiring pieces of nature. I have cared for all types of birds, including Rosellas, Conures, Cockatoos, Princess Parrots, Budgerigars and even Golden Pheasants, and found each one inspiring in their characters and their sounds. As I walk through the rainforests teeming with birdlife, the sights and sounds around me become paintings in my mind, full of energy and movement in a landscape of random colours and patterns bursting with life.
One of the birds paintings was exhibited as a finalist in the Sulman Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Exhibition – my second time as a finalist artist in the Sulman.
The Actor and Writer, Grant Wolf, describes these paintings – “Dallas Lesley’s paintings with birds explode with movement, colour and energy. Her passion for, and affiliation with, native and exotic birds has led to a hyper-real dance of birds in flights of fancy. “